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PFM - 1981 Come Ti Va In Riva Alla Cita

ALBUM: Come Ti Va In Riva Alla Cita
LABEL: Numero Uno
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1991, RCA/ BMG Ariola, 74321 100802


LINEUP: Franz Di Cioccio - drums, vocals * Lucio Fabbri - keyboards, violin * Jan Patrick Djivas - bass * Franco Mussida - acoustic & electric guitars, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Come Ti Va * 02 Weekend * 03 Quartiere Otto * 04 Rock in LA * 05 Chi Ha Paura Della Notte * 06 Indians * 07 Poeta Mancato * 08 Meno Male Che Ci Sei


Premiata Forneria Marconi or in English: 'Award-winning Marconi Bakery' doesn't exactly roll off the tongue and its no wonder this long-running and massively successful Italian band used the abbreviated PFM to keep it simple and marketable. Their beloved 1972 debut 'Storia di un Minuto' and the secession of Genesis meets King Crimson albums including a couplet recorded in English for American audiences, set in stone PFM's status as the crowned princes of Spaghetti rock. As the times changed the band changed with it, experimenting with fusion on 1977's 'Jet Lag', folky pop on the 1980 release 'Suonare Suonare' and for the eleventh studio album 'Come Ti Va In Riva Alla Cita' (How do you go to the edge of the city) a stab at arena-ready AOR.

The Songs
Totally unrecognizable from their early symphonic days, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. As commercial, hook-laden, mellotron free rockers the progressive community are hyper-critical of this period in PFM's history but I'm of the opinion they're missing out on worthy music in an insatiable desire for complexity. Sung in Italian and opening with a touch of Aussie greats Cold Chisel on 'Come Ti Va' (How you Doin') as well as the delightful Lake styled 'Quartiere Otto' ('District Eight'), the record does contain it's share of duds including the new wave-y 'Rock In LA' and which seems like a shameless cash-in and the appropriately titled 'Poeta Mancato' (Poet Failure). By no means a perfect record and for non-Italian speakers the loose concept of troubled youth will no doubt be exasperating but with quality songwriting at a premium on the catchy 'Chi Ha Paura Della Notte' (Who's Afraid of the Night) and the moody mid-tempo balladry of 'Meno Male Che Ci Sei' (Less Evil We Do) with a closing chorus reminiscent of Journey's 'Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'; its easy to take the good with the bad and the ugly.

In Summary
PFM' s catalog from this album to present day is varied with 1984's 'PFM? PFM!' a low point while the hard to find 'Serendipity' released in 2000 is one of the bands better post progressive era moments. Digging back to those lauded golden age albums, I highly recommend 1973's 'Photos Of Ghosts' with English lyrics by King Crimson/ELP collaborator Pete Sinfield.

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